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"Lettuce from one farm blamed for E. coli outbreak"

USA Today | Jim Salter

"ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that romaine lettuce from a single farm is likely to blame for an E. coli outbreak in Missouri and nine other states.

Sixty people became sick in the outbreak that began in October and ended in November. No one died, but at least 30 were hospitalized and two developed severe kidney disease. Thirty-seven of the illnesses were in Missouri. Illinois had the second-most reported illnesses with nine. Other illnesses were reported in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota and Nebraska.

St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets said Thursday that some of the contaminated lettuce was sold in the grocery store chain's salad bars. However, the CDC said the lettuce was contaminated prior to distribution to Schnucks. The CDC did not name the supplier..."

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